There’s no guarantee yet when – or if – Quebec City will be granted a new NHL expansion franchise, but the city will at least be able to watch an NHL preseason game this year.
The Montreal Canadiens are set to host the Boston Bruins in a neutral-site pre-season game this fall at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, three hours northeast of where the Canadiens normally play at the Bell Centre. The two teams will face off on Tuesday, October 4th, at the fairly new arena in Quebec’s capital city. The game is set to start at 7:00 PM EST. Per the official release:
“The Canadiens will be in Quebec City for the seventh time to play a preseason game dating back to 2009. Hockey fans in attendance will get to see a combination of seasoned veterans and up-and-coming players as Michel Therrien’s team prepares for the 2016-17 season.”
The Canadiens and the Bruins certainly have a storied history, which includes 734 regular season games against one another over the history of the two NHL franchises – and, most recently, a Winter Classic game between the two at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Seeing them face off at the arena in Quebec City, which opened just last spring, should be exciting both for fans of the two teams and for the hockey fans in Quebec City (who get to witness the QMJHL Remparts at the Videotron Centre but lack an NHL franchise of their own).